Andrew Chitty, executive director of Digital Life Sciences, gave a presentation on the company’s approach to integrated healthcare and supported self-management at Scotland’s flagship digital summit, D14.
More than 400 delegates from the digital and creative sectors in Scotland attended the event at the Scottish Exhibtion and Conference Centre in Glasgow on Friday, 30 May 2014.
Andrew’s presentation focused on the suite of products being developed to support Digital Life Sciences’ model of integrated health care.
This included personal health records-based self care planning tool A Better Plan and support network Good Neighbours which have been developed through the Year Zero project (part of the Technology Strategy Board funded dallas programme).
He also talked about the No Delays online video on demand prescribed care service developed in partnership with NHS Grampian and the new project for remote live consultation and extending out of ours services with the Vitality Partnership in Birmingham.
There were some concerns raised about whether digital services can be accessed by everyone but the message was clear – going digital is inclusive and not exclusive and should not be used as an excuse for not doing it.
Andrew had some interesting comments on the need for creating the right commercial environment to support SMEs in the digital health space citing how innovative rights frameworks in other sectors helped to grow those sectors benefiting the public and private sectors.
D14 has been running for four years and, in recognition of the fast-growing market, for the first time ever there was a focus on digital health and care. Other themes were fintech - technology related to financial services – education and retail.
There was a broad range of keynotes from contributors as diverse as the BBC, Microsoft, Google, Johnston Press and Government Digital Services.
There was a strong focus across the day on the importance of putting the individual at the centre of the service and how communities will help to shape and drive services, ideas which are firmly embedded in DLS’s approach to digital healthcare.